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the coverage of bob mcdonnell's campaign for the governorship in virginia, and the way he has governed since he has been there. virginia governor bob mcdonnell, after tim pawlenty, now being christened the new voice of the when "the richmond times-dispatch" endorsed him last year they noted his, quote, moderate temperment. mr. mcdonnell was hand-picked by the republican party to give the republican response to president obama's state of the union address earlier this year, after he had been in office precisely 11 days. mr. mcdonnell was praised as the moderate seeming new face of the republican party. move over, tim pawlenty, there is a new republican moderate seeming guy in town. a new republican moderate seeming guy that declared the month of april will be confederate history month in the commonwealth of virginia. governor mcdonnell releasing a proclamation to that effect saying, quote, april is the month in which the people of virginia joined the confederate states of america in a four-year war between the states for independence. oh, that's what we're calling it now, a four-year war between
virginia that, desperate search for survivors at the mine there. rescue workers are drilling holes into the upper big branch mine to try and ventilate the area where the four missing workers may be trapped right now. it could take up to 12 hours to get that air in. norah o'donnell is in montcoal west virginia this morning. what's the latest on the efforts to try to reach survivors if there are any. >> good morning. the good news is that the drilling has begun. they're going to go down some 1100 feet in order to try to reach four miners still missing. the governor of this state tells meet odds are long that they'll be able to find those miners alive. they were searching for them late last night but they called off the efforts because they were concerned about dangerous methane levels. so as you pointed out, they're going to have to drill a hole down 1100 feet to release some of those gases before rescuers can go back in. listen to how governor mansion described to me what they're concerned about. >> methane levels got so high that it was unanimous they decided no bring them out beca
. down in washington leading off tonight, gone with the wind, talking about that proclamation of virginia governor bob mcdonnell of the human rights month. he didn't mention the civil war and now mentions slavery. but only after sending out a dog whis toll the jefferson davis fans out there. why would a governor want to celebrate a war that fought to deny voting rights and rights all together, had 6 million 600,000 americans shooting at each other at point-blank range across open fields. >> and tea partiers have called president obama a socialist, terrorist, and now saying tea parties are like the kkk and says, quote, they've taken over the republican party. he'll be with us tonight. could we be seeing a replay of last summer's hostile town meetings? >> excuse me. excuse me. >> this was a scene from debbie wasserman-schultz's recent town hall and a democrat that got the same treatment. . >> when it rains, it pours, how much money did republican party spend in a vermont winery for, get this, office supplies? that's our sideshow. >>> and a political association long called the party of linc
george corley wallace. what the world needs now more of this talk, virginia's new republican governor bob mcdonnell has declared april to be confederate history month. to read his proclamation you would think the war was a joyous war of independence. great stuff all around. got overwhelmed by too much firepower up north. not a word about slavery being the issue or the election of abraham lincoln causing succession. former governor doug water of virginia says the confederate history month stuff is mind-boggling. we're going to talk about what just happened. >>> and will the real john mccain please stand up? he now says he's never considered himself a maverick. could someone please remind him he boasted about his maverick credentials throughout the entire 2008 campaign? we'll remind him tonight, go to the videotape. we're rounding up the mavericks tonight. >>> also, why is president obama having so much trouble winning over white-working-class americans? and how can he win a mandate in 2012 he can't do the job? we'll get to that one. >>> let me finish tonight with thoughts on p
," a setback in the search. rescuers at the west virginia mine get close to where four missing miners are believed to be, but are forced to turn back because of toxic gases. >> it's just the worst of our three options. from a rescue attempt, but the rescue attempt is still very valid because if there is someone alive -- >> senator jay rom feckefeller join us. >>> and they've signed the treaty. can the president get it ratified? and former defense secretary and former republican senator, william cohen joining us in the studio. >>> plus, the united states and russia leaders are trying to reach an agreement on iran. >> they're going to be pushing very hard to make sure that both smart and strong sanctions end up being in place soon to send a signal to iran and other countries that this is an issue that the international community takes seriously. >>> and it's a sister act. >> warn them that that pink elephant is on the move and 2010 is shaping up to be the year the conservative women get together and help take back the country. >> and is it smart to reopen old wounds? we'll be talking ab
let me bring in homer, a west virginia native, a former miner. he's written books, including the most recent "red helmet." he's joining me by skype. when you're looking at methane gas, these were changes made after the last big mining accident, have these safe rooms where people could go in, miners could go in, there would be oxygen, communications and water and keep them safe. apparently searchers went in and looked at one of these rooms and it was empty. how reliable is it to provide a safe place when miners are down there working in these sort of dangerous conditions? >> well, it's a great idea when it works. when you have as huge an explosion as this one, there's not an opportunity necessarily to get to one of these safe rooms or barricade yourself up. this was obviously a huge explosion that killed this many miners right off the bat. the four miners that were missing apparently were in the same area. so the energy that's involved with a blast like this possibly caused them not to be able to get anywhere. >> this apparently is a mine that is a nonunion mine. does that in
phone calls in the night. virginia celebrates the confederacy. and also where we start tonight with governor's bob mcdonnell's decision. and virginia ron yagan a former radio talk show host working on a book about his dad. and pat buchanan and msnbc analyst. start with what happened in minnesota today. it's an amazing event. we'll get to the confederate stuff later. what's going on? show you right now is governor palin today with balkman. very fascinating political figures. very good on the stump. much more exciting than mitch mcconnell or john boehner. here is the new starpower of the republican party. let's watch today. >> on the outside i am here to testify she is 20 times more beautiful on the inside. please help me welcome governor sarah palin. >> you know, pat, i think i had a small role here in hosting this program one day when michelle bachmann came on and said we ought to have a media investigation. you were here. and the senate out of that -- a caterpillar became a butterfly and saw her today. she's dazzle on the stump. her speech today was so well given. i think that
virginia later in the program with the congressman whose district the mine is in. >>> meanwhile, afghanistan denying today one of the most inflammatory reports about president hamid karzai that we've heard in a while. that he threatened to join the taliban if the united states kept pressuring him. >> we were shocked to see such kind of comment in the media. the government of afghanistan in which president karzai is a democratically elected president has fighting against terror and fighting against those who put the life of our good people in danger as priority number one. and in that context, that comment, whoever has come up with that, does not make sense. >> san van na guthrie is nbc correspondent and cohost of "the daily rundown." nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is live for us in kabul. is this a case that they are shocked to hear that hamid karzai may have said something, shocked that they're gambling with -- are we -- >> reporter: i think it's -- i don't think they're really shocked by it. president karzai has said things like this in the past. what they're sh
, an explosion in west virginia. thanks, brian. >>> there are new questions today over mine safety and coal profits. following this accident, labor secretary hilda solis is promising to take action with a special team of investigators to look into what caused the explosion. in a statement she writes, miners should never have to sacrifice their lives for their livelihood. let's bring in journalist and cultural historian jeff biggers joining us on skype today, the author of "reckoning at eagle creek, the secret legacy of coal in the heartland." good to have you on with us. you know this industry as well as anyone. it is a way of life. it's how they make a living. there's not a whole lot of economic development in this part of west virginia except coal mining. have the people of this area just come to accept the risk? >> they've come to accept the risk but i think like any americans they want to be able to go to work every day knowing that there are rules on the books that are going to be followed and enforced, that there's no reason to have unnecessary risks, especially if they're going to lo
? >> gut wrenching story, no doubt about it. thank you, norah o'donnell in naoma, west virginia. >>> earlier today, president obama offered his support and condolences to the families of the victims. he spoke at a prayer breakfast in washington, d.c. >> i would ask to the faithful who gathered here this morning pray for the safe return of the missing, the men and women who've put their lives on the line to save them and the souls of those who've been lost in this strategic accident. may they rest in peace and may their families find comfort in the hard days ahead. >> the president also said he had spoken with west virginia governor joe mansion and pledged federal government help in the rescue efforts. federal investigators say that they will leave no stone unturned to find out how this explosion happened. let's bring in former federal mine safety official, bruce dial. good to have you on msnbc this afternoon. can you speak to the violations, the safety infractions that this company had? 57 complaints just in the last month. how could that be overlooked? >> well, when you look at
virginia mine. rescue crews got inside, but now the quality of air has become too dangerous and crews are being pulled out. what happens next. >>> tiger woods, it's just a few hours away from teeing off the masters, but before his first drive, a haunting new ad is creating a lot of buzz. it featuring the voice of his voice. >> you'll find out what thinking was, i want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything? >> advertising guru donny deutsch will join me to talk about this ad. what does donny, think and what are people on the blog saying about it? this is a hot topic today. >>> we saturday off with a diplomat from the middle east as he caused a bomb scare aboard a united airlines flight last nichlt federal marshals confronted the man, a diplomat from qatar, after he emerged from the bathroom smelling of smoke. smoked a cigarette and tried to cover it up, and then reportedly made a flippant comment to light his shoes. that was enough for the marshals to apprehend him. two fighter jets were scrambled in this. pete williams is the justice correspondent. what more d
's a good call. go national. go like a pro. >>> celebrating the confederacy in virginia, how could the governor leave out all mention of slavery, because he said slavery was not a significant issue. the hasty apology came late this afternoon. >>> mitt romney a socialist? ronald reagan a leftist dreamer? rupert murdoch jumps the shark. >>> and the west virginia warnings, the miners were worried that methane levels were far too high before the explosion. and three months ago, inspectors found the fresh air relief systems were operating backwards, blowing out breathable air from the mine. [ tires screech ] ♪ [ sighs ] ♪ that's two for doubting. [ chuckles ] you hit like my sister. really? i'd like to meet her. [ male announcer ] the volkswagen cc. award-winning design starting under $28,000. it's a whole new volkswagen, and a whole new game. en like you love activia light? sometimes i have no choice but to eat on the run... and to eat whatever happens to be around. heavy greasy food that's hard on my diet... and my digestive system. so i eat activia light every day. activia light,
? disaster strikes in west virginia, a mine explosion kills dozens raising questions whether the media ignored warning signs. liberal stormtrooper david schuster gets iced at peacock news for enemy lines and working on a secret project on cnn. is this the final strike? a main conduit of abuse from the white house to the american public, now the white house press corps may be a recommend ne -- remnant of the past. and tiger on course, are the media still taking shots? on the panel this week, writer and fox news contributor judy miller. conservative columnist, anded degree tantero. jim pinkerton, and news day columnist, the legendary ellis henican. i'm jon scott, news watch is on right now. >> together we've stopped that and proven the benefits of cooperation. today is an important milestone for nuclear security and nonproliferation and for u.s.-russian relations. >> jon: president obama signing the biggest arms reduction treaty the white house says in 60 years, with russian president medvedev on thursday. the news from prague was met by mixed reaction from the press. take a look, in the
are furious at the governor of virginia for his decision to declare april confederate history month. we'll talk to former virginia governor doug wilder and get his thoughts. >>> joe murray of on deck sports made one product, pitching mounds for indoor baseball facilities. his customers loved them and urged him to branch out. he added artificial turf and other baseball equipment, scoring a home run with his growing client base. for more watch "your business" sunday mornings at 7:30 on msnbc. [ crowd cheering ] [ male announcer ] competition... it pushes us to work harder. to be better. to win. but sometimes even rivals realize they share a common goal. america's beverage companies have removed full-calorie soft drinks from schools, reducing beverage calories by 88%. together with schools, we're helping kids make more balanced choices every day. ♪ let's wind 'em with precision. open our throttle to even more selection. and turn that savings swagger up full tilt. ♪ so when the time comes to bust open a can of doing... we've got all the tools for all the things we need to make 'em happe
in virginia. he has called of course within the last 24 hours for an investigation and a report to be on his desk by next week on the mine safety situation nationally. he wants to know what has been done, where are the violations, and what steps can be taken? also, of course, the senators from west virginia, senator byrd, senator rockefeller similarly calling for an investigation. hearings are already going to be held. we've heard a lot of criticism of the massey energy company. the president is now coming out of the oval office. on airforce one from prague he was first notified of the letter today from justice john paul stevens, the longest serving justice right now on this court. the president. >> i want to say a few words about the tragedy that took place this week in west virginia, but before i do, i'd first like to comment on the news that justice john paul stevens will retire from the supreme court at the end of its current term. when president ford was faced with a supreme court vacancy shortly after the nation was still recovering from the watergate scandal, he wanted a nominee who w
virginia's role. is this just for white tourists? >> it's 150th anniversary -- >> why would you encourage people to come down and -- >> well, there is a lot of miss information. virginia does not succeed over slavery, but virginia stayed in the union at the time of fort sumter. what took them out of the union is when abraham lincoln said we want volunteers, and your militia and your soldiers to attack the deep south and bring them back into the union. that's how virginia left the union. >> in other words, they refused to take sides with the union against the remembbels. >> they refused to have their sons kill their kin folk -- >> that's technical. >> technical? chris, wait a minute, there were eight slave states in the union at the time of fort sumter, and seven in the confederacy. >> gentlemen, that's not the point. the point is bob mcdonnell missed a point. that's an american story. there is a broader american story. if we are going to celebrate the history, let's tell the whole story and history and let's celebrate the whole history, and let's not pick and choose the facts we like and
virginia, and i think throughout the country, are taught to escape first. they are taught to try to get out of the mine the way they came in first. they retreat to a chamber or rescue shelter as a last resort. when they have made the determination, if their training has taken, if they have made the determination that they need to go to a shelter, that that's the last place that they would go. a shelter is a sophisticated barricade, in my opinion. >> is there any evidence at this point that these -- to believe anyone is alive down there, any actual evidence of that? >> we don't have any at this point. we just have hope. >> how far is that refuge chamber for the portal. >> do you know? >> one inch equals 500 foot map. i guesstimated a few days ago about 8,000 feet. >> so rescuer will have to go in about two miles. >> they would ride in a certain distance. they won't walk in from the outside. we'll get them in there as quickly as possible for them to get in as far as we can. >> you said there is not significant debris between the way out and the way in there? >> the debris starts where the nin
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a lot of political weight in west virginia and has always fought against tightening mine safety regulations and always fought against mining labor rights and things like that. but also it's really important to say that this kind of deep underground mining and gassy mines is just dangerous. and it's always been dangerous. and there's no way that you can do this kind of thing and not run the risk with these kinds of explosions. >> yeah. absolutely. it is dangerous work. when you hear these family members, certainly you want, if possible, the best circumstances for those people who put their lives on the line and go into those coal mines, work that honestly nobody wants to do. >>> coming up in less than 30 minutes, we're going to talk to a former minor and author from the west virginia area about the safety dangers these miners, generation upon generation face when they go on and do that work. >>> developing now, an aaronment hearing is being held in a massachusetts courtroom at this hour for three teenagers charged in the bullying of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide. none
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in the confessional and, of course, in the zone. >>> virginia's republican governor has outdone himself. he thinks now would be the perfect time to honor the confederacy. the reverend jesse jackson will rip on that at the bottom of the hour. >>> plus, hannity and the huskies make a cameo appearance in the "playbook" section of "the ed show." stay with us. we're right back here on msnbc. be good to your heart? so is campbell's healthy request soup. low in fat and cholesterol, heart healthy levels of sodium, and taste you'll love. guy: mmmm! chef: we're kind of excited about it. announcer: campbell's healthy request. because with national, i roll past the counter... and choose any car in the aisle. choosing your own car? now that's a good call. go national. go like a pro. >>> it's going to take a miracle for rescuers to get to the four trapped west virginia miners and get them out alive. that mining company had thousands of safety violations over the years. this has me convinced we need an investigation into criminal negligence. i have a commentary next. is your fitness drink pure? ♪ this one is. ♪
to talk with bill nye, the science guy. >>> american's rights to carry their guns. in virginia, they're showing up in a national park, packing heat, legally. as a result of president obama signing a law to allow visitors to carry weapons in national parks. in washington, d.c., they're showing up without guns. they can't carry firearms in the city limits, but they want to change that. >> reporter: we have a protest where people are allowed to carry guns. here in the district where they have stricter gun laws, they can't. as for a noontime rally, it's a pretty good sized gathering. several hundred people. many from around the country coming here to send a message that they're not going to allow their rights to be taken away and that they're going to exercise their rights to free speech. across the river in virginia, people are carrying firearms, but are being very safe about it. they are going through inspections and have to put little plastic tags on their firearms to show whether they're loaded. they're carrying arm bands to show they've taken safety lessons. these advocates say they
>>> on our broadcast here tonight -- desperate hours at that mine disaster in west virginia. an amid the staggering death toll, new questions now about the mining company's safety record. >>> what did he say on live television about why a big american ally has been acting strange lately? >>> a matter of faith during a huge scandal, the catholic church makes a big change in a big part of america. >>> making a difference for children who are facing the fight of their lives. >>> and the latest outrage in the air. >>> and the latest outrage in the air. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television it was a catastrophic explosion deep under ground and the loss of life is staggering, even for the coal mining industry in west virginia that has seen so much tragedy over the years. tonight, 25 miners are dead. another four are still missing. there's a herculean and urgent effort under way by rescuers to drill several holes as deep as 1200 feet down to release trapped gas inside the mine. our correspondents have been covering this tragedy ever since first wo
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here on msnbc. now to the last chance rescue for four missing miners in west virginia. if the workers made it to a refuge chamber the supplies would be dwindling at this point. right now rescuers in west virginia are in a stand by mode. crews had entered into the mine before dawn but then dangerous gas levels forced an evacuation. nbc news' brian mooar is in naoma, west virginia for more on this. what are the chances of them getting back into the mine before darkness tonight? >> well, ed, they're really hoping to get back in right around 7:00 this evening when we're going to get another briefing but officials were very frank about it. those crews were angry when they were yanked out of that mine. to give you an idea of how close this was they have a sort of threshold of 5% of a buildup of explosive gases before they had to get out. it got to 5.4%. they told the crews to double time it out of there. they really did not want to do that. just like all these families who have been waiting for some measure of closure they really wanted to get in there and they got so close, they got within
at a west virginia mine trying to get to four missing miners. early this morning they finally entered the damaged mine shaft to see if they can find the miners, hoping they'll find them alive. 25 others were killed by that massive explosion monday, but the west virginia governor says there's still a small sliver of hope. >> right now we're in the full rescue. rescue is basically that we have four unaccounted for. we want to make sure that we're able to locate and hopefully by some miracle and a sliver of the hope that we have, we find somebody. >> nbc's brian moore is in west virginia now. so, brian, tell me what the situation is with these rescue crews going in. >> well, contessa this is essentially a very slow going effort to get these rescue crews about 5 miles into this mountain looking for a rescue chamber, where it's possible, just slightly possible that a couple of these miners coo suld have survived this horrendous blast and bunkering down waiting to be rescued. the governor acknowledges this is a very, very slim chance they could have sur sooifed. they expect this to transiti
to west virginia and what remains a rescue mission for those micing miners. crews are drilling into the pine to suc out the bad air. they've been banging on pipes but not getting any response from those missing miners. norah o'donnell is in naoma west virginia this morning. it sounds like hope is waning. >> that's right, chuck. good morning to you. today may be the day we learn the fate of those four missing miners. we heard from governor manchin who said that progress is better and that anticipated. in terms of drilling those bore who else, more than 1,000 feet into the ground, in fact, the first bore hole broke through at 4:15 a.m. this morning down 1,093 feet and then they're going to use these high speed fans in order to suck out the bad air to ventilate out some of that highly combustible methane gas and carbon mo oxide. they've got three other bore holes going in, as well. they're making progress. what's the goal? to make sure it's safe inside that mine. they're doing -- once it is safe and the governor says they may know between 10:00 and 2:00 today, they are going to ru
the mine country in raleigh county, west virginia, shook with an all too familiar sound. at least six miners dead, 21 more unaccounted for, and one is in intensive care at a hospital nearby after an underground explosion at the upper big branch mine. at this point even camera crews have not reached the area and obviously we're relying on visual aids and graphics of this sort. the plant's owners massey energy providing no details about this explosion except to say that five trained rescue teams from its company and a second company are now on the scene trying to get to these trapped miners, believed to be trapped miners. the upper big branch, just 100 miles from the scene of the 2006 disaster of the sago mine offer some hope of recovery if there has been survival after the explosion. it has cache's of extra oxygen and air-tight so-called refuge chambers along emergency escape routes that could keep trapped miners if there are trapped miners alive to keep them alive for as long as four days. details are limited at this hour as are illustrations. we'll bring them to you as become availab
this afternoon, the mine country in raleigh county, west virginia, shook with an all-too-familiar sound. six miners are dead after an explosion at the upper big branch mine. at this point even camera crews have not reached the area and obviously we're relying on visual aids and graphics. the plant's owner, massey energy providing no details about the explosion, except to say five trained rescue teams from its company and a second company were now on the scene trying to get to these trapped miners, believed to be trapped miners. the upper big branch, just 100 miles from the scene of the 2006 disaster at the sago mine, offers some hope of recovery if there. it has caches of extra oxygen and so-called refuge chambers that could keep trapped miners alive for as long as four days. details are obviously, as we said, limited at this hour, as are the illustrations. we will bring them to you as they become available throughout the night here on msnbc. (announcer) nothing works stronger, faster, or longer to relieve your worst allergy symptoms, including congestion, without drowsiness. get claritin-d
rescuers and crews in west virginia are venting deadly gases to rescue operations are get under way for the four minors still missing from the worst u.s. mining disaster in a quarter century. 25 miners died in monday's explosion. massey energy has a wide history of safety violations. for more on this story we turn to msnbc's norah o'donnell live with the story. norah? >> reporter: good morning. today is the day we may learn the fate of those four missing miners. the governor of this state said yesterday that we may know between 12:00 and 2:00 today whether those four bore holes they are drilling more than 1,000 feet in the ground to try to ventilate some of that methane gas and carbon monoxide out, whether that's been successful. it will take the rescue teams, once they determine it's safe, four to five hours to reach an area 20 feet wide and barely tall enough to stand in, that's where they believe with 90% certainty these four miners are trapped. they are hopeful, of course, for a miracle, hoping they are alive. as the governor said yesterday, the odds are long. we heard yesterday
of the west virginia tragedy. and the owners of that mine feeling not a bit guilty decide to criticize the president. that's next. >>> the lingering issue following president obama's speech on his vision for nasa may be this. will the president rightly or wrongly be saddled with the title of the president who ended manned space flight? even though the president ae's long-term plan does not call for that. in our fourth story, the strategies and aspirations of the space program under the current president. buzz aldrin joins me in a moment. president obama, the first sitting president to visit kennedy space center in 12 years, not only laid out his plan today, but addressed his critics. the president said he was 100% committed to the mission of nasa and its future. >> some have had harsh words for the decisions we've made, including some individuals who i've got enormous respect and admiration for. the bottom line is nobody is more committed to manned space flight, to human exploration of space than i am. but we've got to do it in a smart way. and by 2025 we expect new spacecraft designed
is in montcoal, west virginia. she's been covering the story. norah, and good, we have your live shot up. any late information on the fate of the four? >> reporter: only that the news has gotten more grim overnight. a federal safety official saying the situation is dire. some of the rescuers had tried to go after those other four missing miners who are believed to be more than 1,000 feet under. but, of course, the rising methane gas levels made it very, very dangerous for them. so they decided to call off the search. they had hoped that some of those missing four miners had reached these air-tight chambers that are stocked with food and oxygen where they can survive for four hours. they made it to one of those air-tight chambers. nobody was there. they couldn't make it to the second air-tight chamber because, again, those rising methane gas levels just made it very, very dangerous. so they're saying the situation is dire. mika, i couldn't hear everything about the governor was saying. he's not far from where i am. but just to sort of recap, we learned overnight 25 dead. these additional 4 sti
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the president make a statement in the rose garden about the west virginia mining tragedy. who knows, plans are probably in flux. i hate to speculate but we may have an opportunity to ask about the new nomination to the supreme court. >> another name in keeping with the likes of jennifer granholm, someone who is an elected official but someone might be talked about, massachusetts governor duval patrick, an unusual choice, not someone speculated about. when we talked about speculation, as you and i did over the weekend in anticipation of this event. we talked about women. there was tremendous pressure to put a woman on the court last time, thus the appointment of sonia sotomayer. how about some guys out there? will there be not as much pressure to put a woman because a woman was just placed last year? >> reporter: perhaps. one person we neglected to mention among the roster of potential candidates, solicitor general in the justice department. her name is elena kagan. the solicitor general's function is to argue the government's case before the supreme court. so certainly that individual very
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country in raleigh county, west virginia, shook with an all-too-familiar sound. six miners are dead after an explosion at the upper big n trs barely a mark on the environment. and a country facing climate change finds climate solutions. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest questions. and the over sixty thousand people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. mayo's always saying how real it is. we agree. it's real... boring. ♪ are you up for some sandwich-kicking flavor? are you miracle whip? because with national, i roll past the counter... and choose any car in the aisle. choosing your own car? now that's a good call. go national. go like a pro. >>> the breaking news at this hour, at 3:00 p.m. eastern this afternoon, the mine country in raleigh county, west virginia, shook with an all-too-familiar sound. six miners are dead after an explosion at the upper big branch mine. at this point even camera crews have not reached the area and obviously we're relying on visual aids and graphics. the plant's owner, massey energy providing no det
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're discussing the latest on last week's mine disaster in west virginia. 29 miners killed in that underground explosion. the nation's worst mine disaster in 40 years. we'll have the president's remarks for you live right here on msnbc. >>> today is tax day and time for those tea parties. tens of thousands of activists are marking today's dreaded tax filing deadline with hundreds of rallies coast to coast, all protesting big government. in d.c. they're just getting ramped up, starting officially, i think, at 11:00 a.m. our reporter is live at dominico plaza. how's it looking? >> reporter: you have the stage over my left and you can see folks just starting to fill in. we've got the rally coming in less than an hour. and, you know, you see people just starting to fill in. they've got their "don't tread on me" signs and their flags, the other colonial signs and all that. and i have a guest with me here, carol from ocean city is here today. why are you here, carol? >> i'm here because i have children and grandchildren, and we cannot, under any circumstances, sustain the debt that we've got and the
federal resources that have gone to west virginia? >> the department of labor's mine safety division and fema both have dispatched teams. they are there. the president, as you know, spoke with the governor last evening, pledged our full support and cooperation in the investigation. and that is obviously currently ongoing. >> this mine seemed to have a pretty significant history. has the president considered any review or overhaul of federal oversight of the mine? >> first and foremost, obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones. and for those we continue to pray for a miracle for those who are missing. i think rescue and recovery is our first in our mind right now secondly, we want to see obviously a thorough investigation, as you heard the governor and others discuss. the president, as i said, has pledged his full cooperation and resources for that investigation. i think legislative plans about that might better be addressed at the conclusion of that investigation when we have a few more details about what might have happened. >> are there any
explosion in a west virginia coal mine. officials say levels of gases have dropped enough to resume the seven now but they have acknowledged it is unlikely the four missing men are still alive. nbc's brian mooar joins us from naoma, west virginia, with the latest. how are those rescue efforts going? >> well, savannah, they're proceeding at least today. these rescue workers went in a little after midnight and supposedly been making some progress. we'll get an update in half appear hour, what they found at this point. yesterday was a day of disappointment when they got within 500 feet of place they believe these missing miners might have bunkered down if they were able to survive this blast, that's considered unlikely, and time is running out today, because if they were in that shelter area, oxygen would be running out. meanwhile, nbc news has learned this upper big branch mine has been cited a startling number of times in the last decade. this information hasn't been made public yet but has been provided to lawmakers who are learning this mine was cited 61 times in the past 15 months
virginia coal mine. it brings the death number to 29. they were hoping they made it to one of two chambers in a rescue chamber. >> none of the chambers had been deployed. and none of our miners suffered. so this journey has ended. and now the healing will start. >> nbc's brian moore is live for us in west virginia. brian, good morning to you. very sad news culminating in the confirmation of the death of these four miners. tell me what's going on there in terms of the mood of everybody. it can't be this came as a surprise. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, alex. definitely sad news but certainly no surprise. authorities had expected this outcome almost from the beginning. but they couldn't give up and they really wanted to give this community the sense, the survivors, the miners will have to go back into this mine at some point down the road, the sense that they had done everything possible, that they had given these four unaccounted-for miners the chance it turns out they didn't have to begin with. it turns out the rescue crews that went in in those chaotic hours went right past these four
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at an angry town hall. >>> first, breaking news after the break. we'll take you back to west virginia where we are moments away from the latest live update on the mining disaster. coal of course, the cheapest and dirtiest source of electricity in our country, providing just about half of it. 25 dead. four trapped. the governor speaks in minutes here on msnbc. it's a tasty, nutritious way to make this number go up... and help this one go down. v8. what's your number? aren't absorbed properly unless taken with food. he recommended citracal. it's different -- it's calcium citrate, so it can be absorbed with or without food. also available in small, easy-to-swallow petites. citracal. somewhere in america... there's a home by the sea powered by the wind on the plains. there's a hospital where technology has a healing touch. there's a factory giving old industries new life. and there's a train that got a whole city moving again. somewhere in america, the toughest questions are answered every day. because somewhere in america, more than sixty thousand people spend every day answering them. siemens. a
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